Commencement 2013: Judge Greg Mathis to be honored

Published on Monday, April 1st, 2013

TV judge to share inspiring story of personal achievement as Becker celebrates historic anniversary

Judge Greg Mathis will deliver the keynote address at Becker College’s 225th commencement ceremony, to be held on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 11:00 a.m., at the Hanover Theatre in downtown Worcester. The focus of the historic anniversary is Celebrating a History of Changing Lives, and the May 11 Commencement ceremony caps Becker’s year-long celebration of its 225th Commencement anniversary.

Becker College will bestow upon Judge Mathis an honorary doctorate degree of humane letters for his commitment to advocating for equal justice and for his career of public service.

“Judge Mathis’s journey from his troubled youth on the streets of Detroit to his distinguished career as a judge, television host, and philanthropist is an inspiring tale of individual achievement and social responsibility,” said Becker College President Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D.  “At Becker, we believe there is no limit to the heights that can be reached by individuals who refuse to accept limits and insist on the pursuit of opportunity. Judge Mathis is the personification of that vision.”

In addition to hosting his eponymous award-winning television court show, Mathis is dedicated to offering youth second chances and spreads his message of empowerment and equal justice as he speaks to audiences all across the country. His national education and youth crusades have attracted tens of thousands of parents and students throughout America.

In his efforts to reach out to youth both in and outside of the courtroom, Judge Mathis and his wife, Linda, have assisted thousands of youth with their non-profit agency Young Adults Asserting Themselves (Y.A.A.T.), an outreach initiative that provides youth ages 17-25 with career and job opportunities as well as job training and college enrollment assistance.

They have also opened five non-profit preschools in the inner city of Detroit, while continuing to raise funds for a variety of equal justice political and youth causes.

As a college student, Mathis led Free South Africa and voter registration campaigns on campus. He went on to join the staff of Detroit City Councilman Clyde Cleveland, and he worked as an advocate for equal justice with Reverend Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH, where he currently serves as vice president. He is also a national board member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and the Morehouse School of Medicine.

Mathis received his bachelor of science degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1983 and his juris doctor degree from the University of Detroit School of Law in 1987. He also received honorary doctoral degrees from Florida A&M University and Eastern Michigan University.

Visit the Becker College Commencement 2013 web pages.